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Goshute Tribe without leader

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2001

The Skull Valley Band of Goshute of Utah are without a leader as different factions argue over who should run the tiny tribe.

Chairman Leon Bear has been challenged by Secretary Rex Allen. Allen says tribal members authorized a resolution on August 25 declaring him the leader but Bear disputes the claim.

Bear has been criticized by some for signing a lease with Private Fuel Storage, a consortium of private utility companies, to store up to 40,000 tons of nuclear waste on a small portion of the tribe's 18,000-acre reservation.

Bear, Allen, Vice Chairwoman Lori Skiby held a mediating session on Tuesday with the Department of Interior but nothing was resolved. They have agreed to meet again next week.

Get the Story:
Goshute Rivals Agree to Meet Again (The Salt Lake Tribune 9/5)

Relevant Links:
Utah Office of High Level Nuclear Waste Opposition - http://www.eq.state.ut.us/HLW/Hlw_opp.htm
Private Fuel Storage Facility Application, Nuclear Regulatory Commission - http://www.nrc.gov/OPA/reports/pfs.htm
Private Fuel Storage - http://www.privatefuelstorage.com
The Skull Valley Goshutes - http://www.skullvalleygoshutes.org

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